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Driving in Sweden

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Driving in Sweden

Public Transportation in Sweden

Driving in Sweden is not the preferred way to get around, since public transport is heavily subsidised and very efficient. There are 24 regional networks and an over-system where one ticket is valid on both buses and trains. In the south there are express buses where you do not have to reserve a seat, and there may be discounts for seniors and students. Buses and trains are often well integrated, with little difference in cost. Although the trains are fast and efficient, there are many areas which they cannot reach in the north. And – although seldomly – it also happens that during the winter the most remote areas are considerably less accessible. In such instances it might be a good idea to try to use a well established pre-booking taxi service, which also comes with a reduced fee. These can be collected at the taxi departure point, and the taxi firm has to have an arrangement with the local council.

Driving in Sweden

Driving in Sweden is a delight. There are some things worth knowing though.

You will need winter tyres. And watch out for the moose which wander across the roads, especially at dusk. If you injure one, call the police who will make arrangements to end its suffering. You must use your headlights all the time.

If the car behind you signals an intention to overtake, acknowledge it with your right hand indicator if it is safe to do so. Also, if you are driving slowly, move over onto the shoulder to allow others to pass you. And always give way to trams.

Most petrol stations are self service and open every day, often for 24 hours. They usually accept the major credit cards. The alcohol limit is 0.02% and penalties are severe.

Equipment you MUST carry

Recommended

Forbidden

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